Science

Science – Covid-19 Curriculum Statement

During lockdown we re-organised our curriculum to deliver units that were the most appropriate to teach virtually. We continued to deliver content and skills via online lessons. Students completed online assessments after each unit, this has given us a clear indication of the gaps in each students’ knowledge. We are confident that, if your child engaged with their online learning during lockdown, they continued to make expected progress.

As we return to School we have re-mapped our curriculum plan to ensure that students do not miss out on any learning as a result of Covid-19. Obviously, during lockdown, we were unable to deliver practical lessons (although we did include the theory of practical skills during our online lessons). As a result, we have planned more practical application into our curriculum to plug this gap. Our curriculum is designed to spiral and so students build on knowledge from the previous year. We have planned this year’s curriculum to give more time to units that were taught in lockdown so that we have extra time to plug any gaps. Every lesson is designed to continually assess progress so that lessons can adapt to the needs of the students. All of our lessons are differentiated so that all students can be supported and challenged in their learning.

We have developed our marking and assessment policy to help us quickly identify any gaps in knowledge. Students will complete a short assessment after each unit and then be given high quality feedback from their class teacher. These assessments will form part of students’ home learning so we ask that you encourage your child to complete these.

This year our curriculum is being taught in a different order but we have carefully mapped out a progression route through the course to ensure that students build on prior knowledge as they move through the year. Through quality-first teaching we are confident that we are able to plug any gaps created as a result of covid-19.

 

How can I support my child?

  • > Ensure that your child completes all home learning (set on google classroom). This is especially important as assessment will take place via online home learning.
  • > Test students using online revision resources / revision guides
  • > Have regular conversations with your child regarding their Science progress.
  • > Contact your child’s teacher with any issues / concerns / questions

 

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Welcome to the Science Department
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.” (National Curriculum, England)

 

Our vision

Through inspirational teaching, we will nurture our student’s curiosities, aiming to empower, educate and encourage a love of science.

In Science at Stretford High school, students will be SMART: Supported, Mindful, Ambitious, Resilient and Talented.

Meet the Science Department
The Department team consists of 18 members of staff. These are:

NameTitle
Mr D MoloneyAssistant Headteacher / Head of Science
Mr A MundyProgress Lead – KS4
Mrs L ClaytonProgress Lead – KS3
Mr A HamzaSTEM Coordinator / Teacher of Science
Miss A SheldonTeacher of Science
Miss C SaundersTeacher of Science
Ms K DouglasTeacher of Science
Ms U AsimTeacher of Science
Ms K BrookTeacher of Science
Mr J KatzenTeacher of Science
Mr A KhandiaTeacher of Science
Mrs P BaileyTeacher of PE / Science
Mr M RichardsonTeacher of PE / Science
Mrs J PrestonTeaching Assistant
Miss B HughesTeaching Assistant
Mr O LeahairScience Technician
Miss R WilliamsonScience Technician

 

Curriculum Design

A spiral design for understanding

It’s easier for students to develop an understanding of a big idea by multiple interactions with the concepts within the idea. By connecting smaller ideas to more abstract ideas, students will be better prepared to apply these concepts when approaching an unfamiliar topic.

 

Exam board: AQA If your child is studying combined Science, they are completing AQA Trilogy. If they are studying Triple Science, they are completing AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics.

Useful links

The AQA combined science specification can be found at:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

The AQA Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) specifications can be found at:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

BBC Bitesize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Videos to support AQA GCSE Science:

https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

Educake (online questions / learning platform)

www.educake.co.uk

Seneca learning (online learning platform)

www.senecalearning.com/

Students in Y10 & Y11 have been emailed folders containing past papers / past paper questions.